By Donna Westfall – March 8, 2018 -The thought that 8 1/2 tons is going to be hurtling down someplace on earth is alarming. Should we be worried? We’re told probably not because most of it is predicted to burn up on re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere.
But then there’s this:
According to Newsweek’s reporter, Katherine Hignett, “The zone of greatest risk cuts right through the heart of mainland U.S. from Northern California and Oregon all the way to Pennsylvania and New Jersey.”
Even a 200 pound chunk can ruin your day if it comes crashing down on your roof or on you.
Why is this even happening?
China’s Tiangong-1 space laboratory also known as “Heavenly Palace 1” was launched unmanned in 2011. China’s space program aspirations were to have this carry out docking and orbit experiments. Eventurally, China wanted to create a permanent space station by 2023. Everything was fine with this prototype for the first couple of years and things started to decay. By 2016, Chinese authorities admitted it was failing.
Currently, it is expected to come down between March 24th and April 19th. And, I wouldn’t put any bets on it coming down in the USA because it could just as easily crash into New Zealand, northern China, the Middle East, central Italy, northern Spain, Tasmania, parts of South America and southern Africa.
It’s not an exact science.
Our own space program appears to be getting scrapped. On February 11th, the Trump administration released its latest budget proposal which included plans to end America’s involvement in the International Space Station (ISS). Plans to sell the US’s share in the ISS by 2025.
Wonder what Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise thinks of that?